FatherJustice Isa’s father was the first person from the province to acquire the Bar-at-Law degree and after his return from London helped establish the All India Muslim League in Balochistan and was nominated by Quaid-e-Azam as the President of the Provincial League and had the distinction of serving as the only member on the Central Working Committee of the All India Muslim League from Balochistan. Late Qazi Muhammad Isa was a prominent leader of Pakistan Movement and close friend of Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He sanctioned Voice of Hazaragi in Radio Pakistan in 1975. Qazi Muhammad Isa (Marhoom) raised the voice of deprived Hazaras of Independent Hazarajat in UN for the first time in 1970s and succeeded in getting Hazara delegation in the UN represented by Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughul.
MotherBegum Saida Isa, Justice Isa’s mother was a dedicated social worker and worked in an honorary capacity on the boards of hospitals and other charitable organizations focusing on education, children and women’s health issues.
CousinsKaleem Umer, cousin of Qazi Faez, writes in Daily Times that the Isa Famiy belonged to Hazaras of Kandhar, who are predominantely Sunni. Ashraf Jahangir Qazi is the cousin of Qazi Faez. He served as the Ambassador of Pakistan in the United States and India. Currently he is the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Sudan.
Education and Career
In PakistanHe was enrolled as an advocate of the Balochistan High Court and as an advocate of the Supreme Court from Balochistan. He practiced law for over 27 years before all the High Courts of Pakistan, the Federal Shariat Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He became a member of the Balochistan High Court Bar Association, Sindh High Court Bar Association and Life Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.
Elevation to high courtBefore Justice Isa’s elevation to the High Court he was a senior partner and head of litigation in one of Pakistan’s leading law firms. He rendered his services as amicus curiae when called upon by the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan and had also conducted international arbitrations. He also served on board of the largest bank of Pakistan, of the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and of the Quaid-e-Azam Mazaar Management Board.
Petition in the Balochistan High CourtHis interest in environment and public interest litigation resulted in him successfully assailing the special laws applicable in Balochistan (Ordinance I & II of 1968) on behalf of the Balochistan Bar Association (PLD 1991 Quetta 7). He also filed a petition in the Balochistan High Court with regard to the violation of Quetta Building Code, which resulted in the High Court directing the implementation of the Code to ensure against death and destruction in times of earthquake (PLD 1997 Quetta 1).
WritingsPrior to his elevation Justice Isa regularly wrote on the Constitution, Law, Islam and Environment and his articles were published in Pakistan premier English newspaper. He also co-authored the book: “Mass Media Laws and Regulations in Pakistan” and authored the Report: “Balochistan: Case and Demand”.
consultant on a World Bank projectAs consultant on a World Bank project he prepared a, "Report on the Legal Aspects of Acquisition of Land for the Proposed Karachi Mass Transit Project". He was the legal expert on the "Promotion of Private Sector Participation in Highway Financing, Construction and Operation", and was the legal and environment consultant with regard to a study on "Balochistan Groundwater Resources Reassessment"; sponsored by the Asian Development Bank. He was also part of the consortium engaged by the World Bank to provide services in respect of "Technical Assistance for the Preparation and Implementation of Private Sector Participation in the Karachi Water Supply and Sewerage Sector".
As professorAs professor of law he taught 'Constitution of Pakistan and the Constitutional History of the Sub Continent' at Islamia Law College, University of Karachi (till 1994). He jointly wrote and compiled a book on 'Mass Media Laws and Regulations in Pakistan' published by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Singapore, which was the first book on the subject. He wrote a booklet entitled, 'Baluchistan, Case and Demand' (published by PILDAT, 2007). He has also written extensively on law, environment, Islam, heritage, Balochistan and the Constitution, and his articles have been published in Pakistan's leading English newspaper.
Chairman of inquiry commissionThe Government of Pakistan constituted a Commission of Inquiry to enquire about an alleged plot to assassinate the then Chief of the Lahore High Court, Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, vide notification dated October 1, 2010. Chief Justice Isa served as the Chairman of Commission, which included judges from the Lahore and Peshawar High Courts. The report of the Commission was submitted to the government.
Chairman of SC commission
Member of the Pakistan Law and Justice CommissionChief Justice Isa serves as a member of the Pakistan Law and Justice Commission, the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee and the Federal Judicial Academy. In his capacity as the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court he is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Balochistan Judicial Academy. As the senior most Chief Justice of a High Court Chief Justice Isa is a member of the Supreme Judicial Council.
Elevation to theChief Justice of the High Court of Balochistan.After the proclamation of emergency of November 3, 2007, he elected not to appear before judges who had violated their oath. Subsequently, after the Supreme Court declared the action of November 3, 2007 unconstitutional, all the then judges of the High Court of Balochistan tendered their resignation, and on August 5, 2009 Justice Isa was directly elevated to the position of Chief Justice of the High Court of Balochistan. At the time of his elevation Justice Isa was the solitary judge in the High Court, he nominated judges all of whom were confirmed and thus reestablished the High Court of Balochistan. He reopened the High Court at Sibi which had remained closed for a number of years, and acquired land for the construction of the High Court at Turbat and approved the design of its building. He then went on to upgrade all the courts in Balochistan focusing on facilitating access and providing facilities to the public. Justice Isa introduced a system of transparent induction of officials and officers in the High Court after advertising such posts. During his tenure a large number of vacant judicial posts in the subordinate judiciary were filled after advertising them and each applicant had to sit for a series of exams and acquire a minimum pass mark before being invited for an interview.
Elevation to SC judgeJustice Qazi Faez Isa took oath as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on September 5, 2014. Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk administered the oath of the office to SC judge to Justice Isa in Islamabad following his elevation. Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and provincial ministers, lawyers and judges attended the oath taking ceremony.
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